KHANDIE'S KORNER - August 8, 2004

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Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes

ROSE.gif (9864 bytes)This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)


 “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:   And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.  And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh.  And the Canaanite was then in the land.  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD who appeared unto him.  And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the West, and Hai on the East: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.  And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.”  (Gen 12:1-9)

Abraham (meaning “Father of Many) has also been known through the ages as the “Father of Faith” and when we examine his walk with the Lord God, we can clearly understand why.  No matter what the commandment was from the Lord, Abraham never questioned but simply responded through submission in total faith that the Lord would fulfill whatever it was he’d spoken.

In these passages of scripture, God commands of Abraham one thing followed by seven (the number of completion) promises.  He instructs Abraham to first: “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy Father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee and upon heeding to this command, Abraham was given the following promises:

1. "I will make thee a great nation”
2. “I will bless thee”

3. “I will make thy name great”
4. “Thou shalt be a blessing”
5. “I will bless them that bless thee”
6. “and curse him that curseth thee”
7. “In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed”

Without knowing prior to the commandment of the Lord where he would be going, Abraham stepped out in faith, turned his back on his natural fathers’ house, and departed taking Sarah his wife, and Lot (his brother’s son) with him.  It was only when he took that leap of faith, and responded in faith to the Lord’s commandment by going forward, the Lord then directed him where he was to go, thus he and those who were with him proceeded to the Land of Canaan.   When they reached the land of Canaan, the Lord appeared to Abraham once again and declared to him the land which they saw HE would give to his descendants.  Rather than question the possibility of it all, Abraham simply received the Lord’s words BY FAITH, and proceeded to build an altar there where he WORSHIPED The Lord our God.  As he continued forward, he continued in worship and in faith, trusting the very words spoken to him that were seemingly  impossible for man to fulfill, but without a doubt he was convinced that with God ALL things are possible.    Here was indeed a man who WALKED BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT!  What would have happened had Abraham questioned the Lord, and refused to leave except the Lord would make it more clear to him the reasons he had to leave his homeland, and kindred and go to a place that he had no knowledge of?  What would have happened had Abraham insisted upon some further sign from The Lord, or sought out a more detailed explanation as to the WHY he had to leave his family and home, WHAT was expected of him once he left, and WHERE on earth would he be going?  As again, he was told NOTHING prior to leaving but was only given a command to leave.   When he had begun WALKING he then received further instruction as to where he should go, and only AFTER he arrived in the land of Canaan did he receive the answer as to his purpose for being there.   Natural reaction for one who is walking according to the flesh would have been to question these instructions, but it is clear that Abraham walked BY FAITH for he questioned not.  Had Abraham questioned the Lord from the very beginning, he would no doubt have simply missed out on the promises and blessings of God.  But, the Lord KNEW Abraham’s faith even before he would respond BY FAITH for here was a man that before even having developed a relationship with The Lord, STILL knew His voice, and would still placed his TRUST in His word.

One can only imagine how some “modern day believers” would have responded to the instructions that were given to Abraham as many cannot even respond in Faith to that which is written in the Holy Scriptures but are forever seeking a “sign”, or needing to know the why, what and where regarding the plans of God and how these plans may affect their lives.  The Lord has spoken and given instruction to the hearts of many and yet some have even question whether what was declared to them was directly from the Lord simply because it may have made no sense to the natural mind.  This is where the problem starts and the questioning begins for when we try to attempt to understand the things of God with the natural mind, our efforts will fail,  for the “mind’ cannot comprehend the things of the “Spirit”.  This is where FAITH comes in for we cannot with our “human head knowledge” explain away the things of God.  We simply must receive it by FAITH.   If the Lord had spoken the words given to Abraham to many today, the first reaction would be with some: “This can’t be of the Lord.  Why would God demand that I leave my home and relatives?  And why would he tell me to GO, without telling me where?  This doesn’t make sense, it can’t be from the Lord. Etc. etc.”    I am sure that Abraham may have thought “why must I leave my relatives and home?”  yet he STILL proceeded by FAITH forward.  I am sure that he must have had some concerns as to where he was going, yet EVEN WITHOUT KNOWING he STILL proceeded by FAITH forward.  I’m sure in his mind none of what was commanded of him made sense, yet he was not led by his mind, but chose to walk BY FAITH.  If he had any concerns at all they were not known as he STILL proceeded by FAITH forward.

Nothing has changed in the area of FAITH since the days of Abraham, for even today our walk with the Lord is a walk of faith.   It is not something we physically see with the natural eye, nor understand with the human mind but with the heart WE MUST BELIEVE.  We will not always know every detail of God’s plan for our lives, for if we did there would be no need of faith. If we by our human ability could fulfill the plan of God for our own lives, or before acting we must have a step by step procedure that we may feel comfortable enough to move forward, then what purpose would there be to believe and where then does faith enter in?  The Lord has a way of designing a plan for many that appear to the human mind as being absolutely impossible. This is done so that our faith may increase all the more and when His plan is fulfilled, NO MAN/WOMAN shall glory in His sight, but HE shall receive ALL the Glory and Praise.  For He is The God that makes the impossible, POSSIBLE.  If we could do it by our own “power”, then it is not the plan of God but the plan of man.    The Lord brings to pass that which WE are incapable of doing.  If he made the promise, he WILL fulfill it as ONLY HE will be able to do so.  We must have the faith of Abraham, that even WITHOUT KNOWING, we STILL proceed by Faith forward.

 The Lord made many a promises to Abraham, and those promises WERE INDEED fulfilled because Abraham BELIEVED God, and stepped out in Faith.  The Lord has made many a promises to we, his children as well.  He has spoken to our hearts, delivered his promises through his messengers, and for some he has even spoken audibly declaring his purpose and plan, but for ALL (for no child of His is without promise) he has spoken THROUGH his Holy Written Word and every promise shall INDEED be fulfilled….IF WE AS ABRAHAM BELIEVE AND BEGIN TO STEP OUT IN FAITH!  For a promise made, is a promise fulfilled!

I Love you all so very much.  Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember:  Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!

The Lord be with you this day and always!  Shalom Uvracha (Peace and Blessings)

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Adonai Elohim Tzeva-ot
Asher Hayah Va-ho-veh VaY’vo

Holy, Holy, Holy
Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come!

May the peace of the Lord be with you today and always……

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